Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Pinching and collecting pennies for a good cause

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Hollywood Elementary begins its Penny Race to bring in money for the PTA.

‘‘We usually have it around Lincoln’s birthday,” said vice principal Nancy Schickner. ‘‘It’s a major fundraiser for the PTA. The class that raises $100 gets a pizza party and the class that brings in $200 is treated to an ice cream party.”

Hollywood Elementarynames honor roll students

Hollywood Elementary School in College Park announced its second quarter honor roll winners.

First grade: Justina Blanco, Dylan Burns, Jimena Cartagena, Makaila Freeman, Marvin Gallardo, Bessie Huang, Erika Martinez, Dalonte McKnight, Jimia Miles, Brittany Murilo, Katherine Plasenica, Carlos Rivas, Henderson Rodriquez, Jonathan Rodriquez, Sarai Salazar, Lauren Thompson, Angela Venegas, Jasmin Villatoro and DaJon Williams, Adoni Barillas, Ronald Bustillo, Kai Charron, Ashley Duarte, Ashley Acevedo, Qiana Brown, Karla Delgado, Sarah Flores, Jay Hawkins, Emelyn Huerta, Darren Hughes, Anthony Landaverde, Will Mercado, Haneefah Mohammad, Taye Nelson, Darren Parry, Cayley Pedapudi, Gerald Reyes and Muzzamal Saleem.

Second grade: Latavea Howe, Sarah Javed, Joshua Kashapata, Nia Paige, Kevin Rexrode, Mumtahina Tabassum, Sande Le, Alex Lugo, Sarai Martinez, Kevin Osorio, Keloni Parkman, Victor Salaverria, Kelly Silver, Kimberly Sonoro, Alex Trimble, Chase Wiles, Kelly Zepeda, Wendy Blanco, Bianca Cea, Jennyfer Contreras, Kayla Cummings, Jayvia Foster, Jose Gonzalez, Michelle Ibarra, Nathaniel Kalil, Bianca Meinhardt, Mariah Page, Martha Rivera, Kelbyn Rubi, Bobby Sirak, Karen Villatoro, Michael Wallace, Juliana Day, Juliana Day, Jaxmie Flores, Grant Glass, Dianna Jimenez, Brittania Lamey, Cayse Murray, Oronde Nickens, Anggel Plasencia, Sophie Sonko, Jadacia Thomas, Daniel Vargas, Brendon Wilson and Cindy Zheng.

Third grade: Russell Anderson, Jennifer Barahona, Kimberly Flores, John Gardiner, Charles Gomes, Nayeli Guerrero, Gabriela Guevara and Alexander Hernandez.

Fourth grade: Jasmine Beavers, Makayla Beckles, Brienna Brailer, Lubia Ceron, Chinedu Chiaghanam, Estephany DeLao, Jorge Flores, Cindy Fuentes, Brittany Henderson, Elmer Hernandez, Maria Kashapata, Tony Mastradone, Cesar Mayo, Surya Radhakrishnan, Taylor Rease, Robert Rexrode, Rafael Rubiera, Ismael Santamaria, Zakkira Ahmed, Breanna Bernhard, Mario Contreras, Ashley Cordon, Gloria Kim, Diane Lamidi, Trevon Noble, Leslie Rodriquez, Dustin Schirider, Eden Sirak, Nathan Velez, Delvis Ventura, Wilnetta Ward, Jessica Winter, Hollis Davis, Maria Gonzalez, Angeliki Kontadinou, Catehline Murillo, Ellen Olivar, Keydi Paz, Aylssa Pedapudi, Eduardo Perez, Melissa Ramos, Cindy Reyes, Giovani Rodriguez, Victor Romero, Jocelyn Soto, Veronica Taylor, Daniel Torres, Chritian Medina, Angely Mercado, Ashley Miller, Jocelyn Osorio, Albert Plassencia, Numan Rivera, Edwin Turcios, Karen Valenzuela, Thayla Acevedo, Reyna Alvarez, Robert Brailer, Tammy Brazzelle, Joel Chiaghanam, Gabriela DeLao, Aaron Deloatch, Dionis Hernandez, Rodrigo Hernandez, Madeline Martinez, Jocelyn Reyes, Dilber Romero, Brayan Rubi, Angelicia Taylor, Paul Wallis, Leslie Guerrero, Haily Howard, Elijah Jeter, Crystal Mulligan, Brianna Murray, Elias Perez, Amber Rease, Erick Rivera, Keiry Rivera, Karen Sandoval, Johanna Santos, Julia Segura, Sephora Sorto, Ryan Trivers, Brian Turcios and Joshua White.

Fifth grade: Edlenilson Alvarez, Elmer Argueta, Jackelyne Canales, Angelica Canales, Aileen Flores, George Hernandez, Majid Khan, Julian Ventura, Brenda Diazdelvalle, Louis Farrakhan, Kayla Jones, Daniel Juarez, Chase Lintner, Krystal Martinez, Samuel Moon, Jacqueline Ramos, Kathleen Roach, Tristan Runyon, Jessica Savoy, Calvin Trivers, Giselle Vasquez, Danielle White and Kelly Zheng.

Sixth grade: Jennifer Delgado, Sydney Gardiner, Ben Kim, Eileen King and Braulio Linares.

Support for BARC

Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Dist. 21) and Delegates Benjamin Barnes and Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D-Dist. 21) all of College Park, introduced resolutions supporting the National Agricultural Library and the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.

The resolutions request federal assistance in securing funds for BARC and the library, which is the world’s largest agricultural library.

Planning for Valentine’s Day

Join the Valentine’s Day Craft from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Beltsville Community Center, 39000 Sellman Road.

‘‘There’s usually a good turnout,” said facility manager Glenn Reardon. ‘‘For the little kids, they have fun doing the arts and crafts.”

There will be prizes and light refreshments. The cost is $2 for residents and $3 for non-residents. Call 301-937-6613 for more information.

Nominate a volunteer

Do you know a Prince George’s County volunteer who deserves recognition for making a difference in the lives of county residents? Nominate him or her for the 2008 Prince George’s Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by the Prince George’s Volunteer Center, a private non-profit.

The Volunteer of the Year will be honored April 18 at Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro during the Affair of the Heart Gala and Silent Auction. Event sponsors include WJLA-TV, Comcast Cable, Prince George’s County Office of the County Executive, The Gazette⁄The Star and Lockheed Martin.

Also now accepting applications is the volunteer center’s Bernice ‘‘Bunny” LaCour Memorial Scholarship. It is a $1,000 grant given annually to a graduating high school senior whose volunteerism has made a difference in his or her community. For nomination and scholarship forms, visit or call 301-699-2800. The deadline for these contests is Feb. 15.

County residents completeCitizen’s Police Academy

The Community Policing Institute celebrated the graduation of the Citizens’ Police Academy Session 24 on Jan. 28 and recognized 24 Prince George’s County residents who completed 12 weeks of training. Graduates completed 36 hours of instruction that covered a variety of topics such as criminal and traffic law, arrest procedures and judgment enhancement training. The CPA was started in 1991 and during that time approximately 500 citizens have graduated.

This session’s graduates include: Olivia D. Baker, Latasca E. Bankins, Michelle R. Burke-Storer, Donald W. Chappell, Loreina Chappell, Barbara J. Durant-Bey, Michele D. Green, Robert F. Hampson, Marla F. Jefferson, Kenneth Ira Jenkins, Deniva B. Johnson, Mina L. Johnson, Peggy Magee, Tammy Maguire, Bobby Martin, Rochelle Brooke Metzger, Mary A. McKelvin, Karen S. Murray, Arvind K. N. Nandedkar, Martha Newman, Beth Reed, Barbara Jazmin Rivera, Barry J. Schlossberg and Renee U. Wilson.

‘‘As a class, we have a better understanding and appreciation of our police department and the men and women who serve our community. We leave here having more knowledge about our police department and look forward to continuing a positive partnership with our partners in law enforcement,” said Schlossberg of Upper Marlboro.